An LS Lowry painting of Glasgow Docks in 1947 has gone on display in the artist’s home town for the very first time.

Simply titled Glasgow Docks 1947, the painting has always been privately owned but is now on loan to The Lowry in Salford for the next year.

It has been added to the art centre’s permanent LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist exhibition and is displayed alongside other works depicting the city, including: Queens’ Dock, Glasgow 1947; Ship Entering Prince’s Dock, Glasgow 1947; The Necropolis, Glasgow 1946; and Steam Traction Engine, Glasgow 1946.

Claire Stewart, curator of The Lowry Collection, said: “We don’t know for sure why Lowry was in Glasgow in 1946 – when he did the preparatory drawings for this work – but the docks clearly proved an inspiration to him. It will have been a familiar sight – with the industrialisation of the Clyde similar to that of the Irwell in Salford.

“The hydraulic cranes, sheds and the wide bows of the ships form a colourful backdrop to the bustling figures in the foreground, just as the mills and terraced houses provide the scenery for his iconic industrial cityscapes. In that, they are classic Lowrys and will no doubt prove popular with visitors to the gallery.”

LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist
The Lowry, Pier Eight, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Sun-Fri, 11am-5pm. Sat, 10am-5pm.
Admission: Free. Donations Welcome.


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